You May Not Have the Coronavirus Diagnosis: But Will Know Someone Who Has

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Health Editor’s Note: This study gives a good picture of who is being infected with coronavirus and why….Carol

Few U.S. adults say they’ve been diagnosed with coronavirus, but more than a quarter know someone who has

BY COURTNEY JOHNSONJOSHUA FERNO AND SCOTT KEETER/Pew Research

Relatively few Americans say they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, but many more believe they may have been infected or say they personally know someone who has been diagnosed.

One-in-five Americans personally know someone who was hospitalized or died due to COVID-19Only 2% of U.S. adults say they have been officially diagnosed with COVID-19 by a health care provider, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. And 2% say they have taken a blood test that showed they have COVID-19 antibodies, an indication that they previously had the coronavirus. But many more Americans (14%) say they are “pretty sure” they had COVID-19, despite not getting an official diagnosis. And nearly four-in-ten (38%) say they’ve taken their temperature to check if they might have the disease.

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